By D. Kanyakumari | The Star

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin hopes he will not suffer the same fate as PKR’s Rafizi Ramli.

The former deputy prime minister, who is being investigated under the OSA 1972 and Sedition Act 1948, said this when met in front of Bukit Aman police headquarters after recording his statement there for two hours Tuesday.

“While I sympathise to what happened to Rafizi, I hope I will not fall into the same situation. Because I do believe what I spoke in Parliament as an MP… I have the right to speak.

“I do have immunity and the authorities will understand the whole background to what I have said in Parliament,” he said.

On Monday, the PKR vice-president was sentenced to 18 months in jail by the Sessions Court for unauthorised possession of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) audit report and exposing it to the media.

Muhyiddin’s lawyers, Amer Hamzah Arshad and Azhar Harun said they hoped for this to be the end of the issue.

“They have taken his statement and we can’t be sure how long the investigations will take.

“Let’s hope this is the end of the matter and there will not be any further investigations because whatever was said and done was done in his capacity as a Parliamentarian,” said Amer, adding that the whole issue was not a big deal in the first place.

The police are investigating Muhyiddin, former second finance minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah and former rural and regional development minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal for alleged breach of official secrets.

They had raised matters related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd during the debate on the Budget 2017 speech in Parliament, resulting in several police reports being lodged against them.

Among those who were present to support Muhyiddin included Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, DAP’s Theresa Kok, PKR’s Johari Abdul and Tian Chua, Parti Amanah Negara information chief Khalid Samad and supporters from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.